As a lifelong Sci-Fi fan, Farscape is still my all time favorite series. Hands down. I started watching it in 2004 after it had already ended while in the midst of fan efforts to bring it back. Picking up in the middle of season 3, I was immediately drawn to the show (albeit a bit confused on the plot and why there seemed to be two Johns). As I finished through season 4 I simultaneously went back and watched from the beginning and... wow. It was the first time I experienced a connection with a show like that and, other than Fringe (my all-time number 2 series), has been the only time Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long between finishing the show and hearing that a mini-series would conclude the epic episode 88 cliffhanger.
After introducing the show to some friends in 2005 and loaning out my DVDs to others (never to see them again), I hadn’t thought much about Farscape until I discovered it was on Amazon this summer. I added it to my watchlist “just in case”. With the 20th anniversary of the premiere on the horizon, I decided to watch a few episodes last month. Before I knew it I was back into Farscape all over again. It’s the only thing I’m currently watching; everything else is on hold. I’m almost done with season 3 and very much looking forward to my favorite season: number 4. Although I know the main plot, it has been refreshing to watch it again almost 15 years later. I’m seeing things through a completely different lense.
Farscape is still the best Sci-Fi anything, and that’s coming from a lifelong Star Wars and Star Trek fan. The first two seasons are really good, but damn does the show hit its stride in season 3. The further you get, the better it gets. Claudia Black and Ben Browder are legit, they really make the show. The chemistry of their characters is, to me, the driving force. Browder’s performance as lead character is just awesome: he’s the heart of the show. But, Black’s Aeryn Sun is the soul. The show wouldn’t work without both of them. Character development overall is greater on Farscape than anything I’ve ever seen.
Farscape is the perfect balance of serious, funny, crazy, action, emotion, and tragedy. It is what it needs to be when it needs to be. Best of all, it ends with complete fan service to finish out the mini-series. Find me an epic Sci-Fi show that doesn’t end in a disappointing fashion! Farscape is an exception. Although you will be taken to the brink of feeling, in the end it all works out because the show runners get it. If you’ve never seen Farscape, or even if you have, treat yourself to Amazon’s offering.